Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1982-09-20
Nak 700s> Sony D5 recorded by Mark Cohen, A>D by Mark Coehn, D>SHN by David Minches
Subject: *@#%&* Awesome!!!
Subject: My "First" Dead Show
Fast-forward five years. A few of my friends were into the Dead, and although I did to Englishtown with my brothers, they were not Deadheads. A few of my HS friends were though and after actively resisting the Grateful Dead for a few years, I got on the bus via the back door during a period of my junior year where I consumed bluegrass music at a high rate and went to the Phila. Folk Festival and smaller local bluegrass festivals.
I listened to Dead Set and American Beauty a billion times and a few tapes, but this MSG show was really my first where I entered with a head full of Grateful Dead.
I have very clear memories of this show though. I remember immediately recognizing the political undertones of "Throwing Stones" and that song really kind of haunted me. I loved that song and felt like I was in on a secret as it matured into to the completely fleshed-out beast it was by the end of 1985 or so.
I remember liking "Spanish Jam." "Truckin'" was cool and I would later come to realize that "Truckin'" at MSG is probably THE quintessential Grateful Dead moment, and one that everyone should have the pleasure to experience. The "Other One" blew me away, but I did not realize that that particular one would go unmatched by any other I would ever hear.
The thing that really blew my mind was "Sugar Magnolia." I simply could not understand how that cute little ditty on "American Beauty" had been rendered as a romping, rollicking, thunder-rock hoe down that nearly blew the fucking roof off of that place! Seriously, THAT was the turning point. THAT was the thing that I chased, and found in other songs for the next thirteen years. I found much, much more of course, along the way but I will never forget that show.
Subject: Great Story
Subject: I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE THIS SHOW
Ah..the good old days!
Subject: Killer Spanish Jam
So anyway he cut class and finally shows in the set break & we get ripped. What a smoker It was LOUD man. Killer Spanish Jam still fresh in my head.
The thing is around this time, Phil was playing a FOUR string bass instead of that guitar thing he usually has. I think that makes a lot of difference especially since he bothered to actually play the opening riff to Other One for once!
Subject: ...at loss of words
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